1. ‘Dinner for Two’ ….on us!

    15 August 2014

    We have a new promotion running from this August….

    Dinner for Two

    ‘Dinner for Two’

    Sell your property via Renown Estate Agents and upon completion will present to you a voucher for a free ‘Dinner for Two’ at a choice of local restuarants!

    Completely free. On us!*

    Upon booking the restaurant, let them know that your meal is ‘on Renown’ and we will settle your bill.


    Terms & Conditions of ‘Dinner for Two’ offer:
    In order to qualify for this promotional offer you simply have to have sold a property through our agency and settled your account with us on completion.

    *Up to the value of £50.00


  2. Curb appeal?

    14 August 2014

    We saw an agent advertising a house with  curb appeal  the other week. Spell check needed there then. Even with a spell check ….. another agent friend of ours mentioned that one of his staff overseas the management department. The spell check wouldn’t have spotted that one. Another favourite of mine is the accommodation comprises of  which you see on a lot of agent’s descriptions. Eye just don’t no how peephole miss  these things. Bye the whey I did spell check this.

  3. Dragons versus Online Estate Agent

    4 August 2014

    I felt a bit sorry for the lad who tried to squeeze an investment out of Dragons Den this week for his pay per view online estate agency. Well , to call it an agency was stretching it a lot. The idea didn’t go down too well although Duncan seemed to be giving him the benefit of the doubt for a while.

    You would have to pay an up front fee and then pay for every viewing. No one to advise you, no one to negotiate for you, no one to do the viewings, write up your sales details or any of the hundreds of things an agent does for you.

    Everyone assumes that selling houses is easy. Can I just tell you that, very occcasionally, it is but more often than not it can be a very complicated process.

    You can paint your own house, service your own car, dye your own hair, teach yourself the guitar ( Ive been doing that for 30 years and I still can’t play a tune properly ), even dig your own grave.

    Or you can pay someone who knows what they are doing to do it for you. In our case that’s a maximum of 1% of what you get.


    29 July 2014

    Having just completed the latest customer survey request for the Property Ombudsman I thought I would peek at the results of the last customer service survey. Well you never know how these things go do you. The process is monitored by the Ombudsman and the information is available to the public.

    Anyway, totally thrilled to bits.

    10 out of 10 in each category and some very nice comments.

    Can’t do better than that.

  5. The importance of kerb appeal

    17 July 2014

    From the moment they arrive at a property, a potential buyer is asking themselves, ‘Could I live here?’ When it comes to buying a house, judging a book by its cover is a phrase that all sellers should be mindful of. Don’t lose the sale before the viewing has even begun!


    In a recent survey by estate agent network, Relocation Agent Network, 98% of respondents (including Renown Estates, recommend that sellers ensure outside areas are well presented. From painting the front door to mowing the lawn or planting flowers, according to the majority* of survey respondents, over 60% of sellers do ensure a property’s outside areas are well presented before entering the market. After all, why put your property at a disadvantage for the sake of a cracked gnome or broken fence?


    But what’s the most important jobs to complete before selling your property? Network respondents rated the following in order of importance…**


    1. Mowing the lawn. Sounds obvious, but a 10-minute job like mowing the lawn can really improve your property’s kerb appeal.

    2. Painting the front door. It’s the first thing a buyer will look at, so make sure your door is looking its best.

    3. Cleaning windows. It not only improves the property exterior, but also ensures clear views from the inside.

    4. Painting the shed. A tired shed at the bottom of the garden is easily improved with a lick of paint.

    5. Planting flowers. Flowers can really lift the outside appearance, for small gardens, consider window boxes.


    Thinking of selling in 2014?

    As a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, we’ve already proven that our customer service is deemed to be the best in Cramlington  (in the Network’s opinion). But if that isn’t enough, through our membership, we can offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in Cramlington can provide. Visit www.relocation-agent-network.co.uk/how-we-can-help-you.aspx to find out more.

    *43% of survey respondents indicated that over 60% of their sellers ensure outside areas of a property are well presented before entering the market.


    **Mowed lawn (44%), painted front door (37%), clean windows (6%), painted shed (3%), planted flowers (3%)

  6. Best month ever? Probably.

    10 July 2014

    This month looks like it’s going to be our best and busiest ever. Our management department is working hard to keep up with demand for new tenancies.

    We look after properties across South Northumberland and  Tyneside for private landlords and are always looking to expand so if you have a need for a management agent just give us a call.

    We keep our charges low with monthly charges from as little as £30 plus VAT for a full management service.

    Our number is 01670 730073 or you can email us on rentals@renownestates.com.


  7. The enemy of the vendor.

    Energy saving light bulbs. Simple as that!

    During the summer months, here up north, it stays light until late but it won’t be long before autumn comes round, the apples fall off the trees, your kids want a halloween costume and it’s dark at 4 o’clock.

    Now is the time to stock up on 100 watt bulbs. Scour the Poundsavers and Cheapshops, get a few in. You don’t want them in situ until you have your Energy Performance Certificate sorted as it will drop your rating. Then take all of the energy savings ones out, put the bright ones in and brighten up your house for viewings. You can put them back when you’ve sold it.

    So many buyers are put off by “dark and dingy ” houses. Don’t be caught out! It’s probably not the house that’s dark it’s those darned light bulbs.

    For less than a fiver you will improve your chances of selling.

  8. Photos

    23 June 2014

    A client rang me today to say that they didn’t realise how bad their last agent’s photos of their house were until they saw the brilliant ones we’d taken.

    That’s all.

    Just thought I would tell you

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